Congress president Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law and businessman Robert Vadra on Monday dismissed the rumours about his candidature from Uttar Pardesh's Moradabad in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
A day after hinting at "a larger role in serving the people", Vadra told PTI that he was not in a hurry to take the political plunge.
On Sunday, Vadra had put a Facebook post announcing that he might play "a larger role in serving the people" after the ongoing cases against him were over, sparking speculation over his joining active politics. Taking a hint from the social media post, Congress workers had even put up posters in his hometown Moradabad, welcoming him to contest elections.
Posters saying 'Robert Vadra ji you are welcome to contest elections from Moradabad Lok Sabha constituency' seen in Moradabad. pic.twitter.com/cK1feeRIfN— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 25, 2019
However, on Monday Vadra explained that he will contest polls when people feel that he can make a change.
"I need to absolve from baseless accusations and allegations...I will start working on it. There is no hurry. People need to feel that I can make a change," he said when asked about his joining active politics.
Vadra is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate in money laundering cases related to purchase of alleged illegal assets abroad and an alleged land scam in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
In a Facebook post, Vadra wrote about years and months he had spent campaigning and working in different parts of the country, mainly in Uttar Pradesh, and claimed that it gave him a feeling to do more for the people.
"All these years of experience and learning cannot be just wasted and should be put to better use...Once all these accusations and allegations are over, I feel I should dedicate a larger role in serving the people," Vadra, who is Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's husband, said.
The comments have come weeks after Priyanka joined active politics and was appointed as the All India Congress Committee general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh.
(With inputs from PTI)